Stars in the Sand is the dreamy jewelry online boutique you need to know about. Based right here in Charleston, Lin Isler (of Shirtini fame), has the keenest eye when it comes to curating a store – whether it’s physical or virtual. The serene site features both delicate and statement jewelry from brands like Theia, Frolick, Kozakh, and Gypsy. Offering a wide variety of styles and prices, you can find anything from $18 to just under $300. My favorite? Anything rose gold of course.
SEEING STARS ROSE GOLD RING $101 from Stars in the Sand // OVAL ROSE GOLD GODDESS RING $133 from Stars in the Sand // ANGEL WING ROSE GOLD EAR CRAWLER $92 from Stars in the Sand // MOON DROP NECKLACE $78 from Stars in the Sand
I’m obsessed with these Angel Wing Rose Gold Ear Crawler earrings. You can double them up on one ear like I did or wear one in each ear.
GOLDEN D EARRINGS $55 from Stars in the Sand // CONSTELLATION NECKLACE $53 from Stars in the Sand // MOON CHARM NECKLACE $33 from Stars in the Sand // CRESCENT MOON RING $37.00 from Stars in the Sand // WISHING STAR RING $37 from Stars in the Sand // GOLD C BRACELET $65 Stars in the Sand // FALLING STAR GOLD BRACELET $65 from Stars in the Sand
Stars in the Sand is coining the catchphrase “Jewelry and accessories for the the modern mermaid” and these dreamy, mystical pieces reflect just that. The jewelry is meant to be layered like this Constellation Necklace and Moon Charm Necklace. My birthday is in a couple of weeks and I always feel connected with my Scorpio sign during this time. These Constellation Necklaces are perfect for birthday gifts for that special someone.
Christmas is coming early because Stars in the Sand is the latest in my giveaways that I’m featuring this month. We’re teaming up to giveaway this Falling Star Gold Bracelet on my Instagram. Follow along for all of the details to enter to win!
If you like any of the jewelry here I linked all of the styles directly to the site. I encourage you to explore more, because that’s what mermaids do.
SHINING STAR DOUBLE DROP EARRINGS $179 from Stars in the Sand // ELONGATED WHITE GOLD GODDESS RING $156 from Stars in the Sand //OVAL WHITE GOLD GODDESS RING $133 from Stars in the Sand // LAYERED RUFFLE SLEEVE STRIPE SHIRT $305 from Shirtini
Photography by Pale Girl Photo
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Charleston is exploding with talent and local jewelry designers are leading the pack in the style sector. I’m highlighting 4 emerging designers who will be on Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am – Kaypea Jewelry, Catie Curran, Barracuda Moon, and Kristy Bishop. These women are skilled metal smiths, textile designers and are creating one of a kind jewelry that make a lasting impression. I’m doing a giveaway with each designer on my Instagram, so follow along here to enter to win.
Kristin Panke the designer of Kaypea Jewelry has a bohemian vibe with native American influences. She is inspired by her travels, yoga, the sea, and being wild & free. Kristin uses materials such as silver and brass, natural stones – opal and turquoise, and casts shark teeth to adorn cuffs, rings, earrings, and bracelets. Each piece is one of a kind and the variety of turquoise she uses are so unique. Currently she sells locally at Albizia Apothecary on James Island and her next pop up will be the Charleston Makers Market on Oct 22 at Pacific Box & Crate.
Catie Curran’s, inspiration stems from nature, especially insects and animals. Using unconventional material like beetle wings, she has created wearable art that is mystical and unique. Her geometric and organic shapes are the consistent theme in her brass and silver jewelry. She combines casting and fabrication processes to create all of her pieces in her home studio. Currently she sells at Maris DeHart and is planning two trunk shows in November – West Elm on November 4th and Cannonborough Collective on November 18th.
Sydney Pope is the designer behind Barracuda Moon and is dedicated to life lived by the ocean. She uses repurposed materials such as sea glass found in Charleston, gemstones, and hand-forged metals such as 14kt gold-filled. The barracuda symbolizes the hunt; they are driven seekers of the sea, not afraid to roam wild and free. The moon symbolizes a life lived by the ocean which is often planned around the tides. A portion of all online sales are donated to the Polaris Project, a charity devoted to ending human trafficking, modern slavery. Currently she sells at Ro Sham Beaux, The Resort Shop in Freshfields Village, Sterling Styles in Hilton Head Island. She also has a busy pop-up shop season with appearances at Ro Sham Beaux on Oct. 21st, Celadon Nov. 11, Off Runway Event & Fashion Show with Brooke Wilder Atelier Nov. 19th at Charles Towne Landing, Daniel Island Holiday Festival December 2nd at the Volvo Stadium.
Kristy Bishop is a local artist primarily known for her textile and woven installations. She is embracing her knowledge of natural dying and is now creating wearable art with her jewelry line of Coiled Cotton dyed and sewn together. She makes dye out of plants such as Osage Orange, Indigo, and Cochineal which is an insect. The types of dyes that she uses are gathered locally in Charleston, SC or other places that she’s visited while traveling. Her primary sources include roadside growth, gardens, and grocery stores. Her monthly indigo dyeing class that she hosts at her studio in West Ashley that are both educational and fun. You have the chance to learn about the history of this dye plant and how it’s native to South Carolina, the chemistry of a vat, and dye samples using shibori tie dye methods. I’ve done one of her workshops, and transformed some my white clothes into beautiful hues of blue. Her next Indigo Workshop is Sunday, October 22, 1:00pm – 3:00pm and it’s only $20.
Overalls by Free People from Macy’s $128 // Tank Top andLeather moto jacket by Blank NYC from Tres Carmen Boutique // Adrian shoes by Summit White Mountain $179 from Zappos // Papou hat from Goorin Bros.
Velvet Jumpsuit by Jack BB Dakota $68 from Tres Carmen
Free People dress $96 from Asos
Photography by Pale Girl Photo
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If want to experience quintessential Charleston, then Zero George is where you want to be. If your looking to escape the everyday hustle and bustle and feel like your your transported to a far away villa without actually traveling the distance then this boutique hotel is has exactly what your looking for. It exudes southern charm, and confirms why I love my city so much.
When you walk onto the grounds you feel like you discovered a secret utopian village that has been untouched by modern society. The historical buildings that compromise Zero George date back to the 1800’s and a couple have actually travelled to the current location. The renovations and upgrades on the buildings have been done meticulously so you get the old world experience with the comforts of modern accommodations.
I had the perfect girls get away with a couple of my close friends and it was a bonafide gown-up sleep over. We were greeted at the reception desk with a glass of champagne and a smile. Then we were taken to our garden suites nestled in the back courtyard, our home away from home. They brought us a cheese plate and we caught up while we noshed up on the yummy treats in the parlor. Zero George specializes in all of the little details to make it a memorable stay. The mini fridge was filled with complimentary bottled water and Izze sodas and the bathroom wass stocked with Malin + Goetz skincare and bath products.
We were excited to indulge with dinner at Zero Restaurant because you never know what Chef Vinson Petrillo has up his sleeve. He’s an artist in the kitchen and prepares the most creative and savory plates you’ve ever tasted, turning out seasonal dishes every night. I recommend splitting the snacks and having the pre-theatre menu, you will not be disappointed. One of the quirkiest dishes was The Potted Plant which was 2 radishes buried in quinoa and homemade butter. For my main course I had the steamed bass and it surpassed my expectations.
Zero George prides themselves with being innovators by offering bespoke packages to their guests. Some of them include a cooking class with Chef Vinson Petrillo in their intimate kitchen, Pamper and PJ’s which is a spa experience and PJ’s with your BFF, a photography tour with some of my favorites – Kirk Chambers, Nickie Cutrona and Andrew Cebulka, and the Shopping Tour with me! As a guest you can book me for a few hours to take you around town to my favorite boutiques. Every shopping package has been tailored to fit each person’s needs whether their looking for handcrafted local gifts or new clothes. I’ve taken couples shopping, single ladies, and best friends who want to infuse some local wares into their wardrobe. Each time I pick up my guests from Zero George is a new adventure and new friends.
Now that I’ve done my girls getaway, I need to book a romantic weekend with my husband. Zero George is one of those places that will have a special place in my heart and I love sharing my experience.
Photography by Pale Girl Photo
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Kiawah seems to be the last frontier in the Charleston area to have a fitness studio. But now there’s no excuse to get in shape with the newly opened Studio 33 in Freshfields Village. Founded by husband and wife team Frank and Liz, they offer everything from pilates, barre, yoga and so much more. Their beautiful modern space is refreshing and when you walk in your immediately sucked into their amazing selection of athleisure. But this isn’t your average work out gear, you can go from studio to street looking put together with their impressive selection. They carry super stylish brands from Lululemon, Onzie, Michi, Spiritual Gangster, and Koral Activewear.
They turned me on to Michi, the brand that makes this snakeskin printed top. From the front to the back, the details are on point. The yoga pants are by Onzie, the brand that dominates the largest styles I’ve seen from prints, fabrics, and fits.
Liz who is also a yoga teacher takes so much pride in her studio and the classes that are being taught there. She already has a loyal tribe of teachers and followers. Normally I like doing yoga core and really pushing myself, but I opted for a gentle yoga class. Kimi, the teacher, made sure we had the most zen experience. That’s why I love yoga – you can go hard, but you can also make it an experience to calm your mind and feel more balanced mentally and physically. The studio has all of the yoga accoutrements in case you forget your mat and they event have blankets that you can snuggle up in for savasana.
Studio 33 also offers so much more than their regular studio classes. You can also get health & nutrition coaching, private yoga & personal training, and you can even book them for a private bachelorette or weekend getaway.
Freshfields Village always does a great job incorporating their stores like Studio 33 by hosting a group yoga session on the lawn. This month their gearing up for a line up of more fun events for the whole family to enjoy. The weekend kicks off with a special edition of Music on the Green tonight from 6-9 pm. Then on Saturday there’ll be more music while the Farmer’s Market will be in full swing and a pop up art show from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. There’s always something for the kiddies with the complimentary face painting by Cupcake and Company Children’s Entertainment, specialty balloons with Carol’s Balloon Art, inflatable games from Charleston Fun Factory, fall crafts and a meet & greet with St. Johns Fire Department.
If your a dog lover then you’ll want to join them for their 11th Annual Dogtoberfest on Saturday, October 28 from 1-5 pm. In addition to craft beer, food, live music, pet costume contest, Blessing of the Dogs, and giveaways, it’s all for a great cause. The food and drink sponsors will be donating to pet rescues and there will be meet-and-greets with local rescue groups.
So make a plan to come out to Kiawah and enjoy the beautiful fall weather outside!
Photography by Libby Williams
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It seems like Kiawah is a buzz with all of the new shops opening up in Freshfields Village including Scout & Molly’s who opened up last year. Darcy Whalen, the owner stocks her store with a wide variety of clothing and accessories in a great price range for women of all ages. Their seasoned “retail therapists” are always there to help build outfits and are always available virtually via FaceTime. Carrying labels like Clara Sun Woo, Gretchen Scott, Crazy Larry , Joy Joy, Jade and Joseph Ribkoff, they offer brands that are distinct to the Lowcountry.
I love this shift dress by Joy Joy because it’s the perfect transitional dress from summer to fall. We all know how warm it can be well into the autumn months in Charleston, and the colors in this dress make it more in season and on point. The lace up detail in the back give it that special something I always look for in my clothes.
A couple of weeks I ago I featured Scout & Molly’s on Lowcountry Live for my Fashion over 40 segment. It’s something that I’ve wanted to feature for a while and Scout & Molly’s was the perfect store to partner up with. I think it’s important to celebrate women of all ages, especially those who have paved the way for the next generation. I styled a mother and daughter who showed off a couple of glamorous outfits that are appropriate for any age.
Photography by Libby Williams
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Charleston is full of art and I love that you can find it in the most unassuming places. This vibrant floor mural by local artist Douglas Panzone is tucked away in a College of Charleston apartment building where the students can enjoy it from their balcony. It’s located right next to House of Sage, the local boutique heavily frequented by the college crowd, and also one of the best places to shop local on a budget.
This jumpsuit is only $60 and the denim jacket is only $55 at House of Sage! Just when you think the deals can’t get any sweeter, their having a shopping event on Saturday and Sunday. For every full priced bottom you purchase enters you into a drawing for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate. So bottoms up while you sip on champagne while you shop and scoop up those deals!
Photography by Paul King
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After living in Charleston for 13 years it’s hard to believe that I’m still discovering this town. During my stay at Wild Dunes Resort a couple of weeks ago, I took one of their excursions – an eco-tour to Capers Island and I was blown away. The van ride from the resort to the Isle of Palms marina was a quick 5 minute ride and we hopped on a boat with Barrier Island Eco Tours.
Our guides shared their knowledge of the rich waters filled with marine life and how much our environment impacts the eco-system. They’ve built up quite the collection of shells, bones, and even native American pottery over the years. The hour long tour on the way to Capers was an adventure filled with crab catching, bird watching, and we were lucky enough to see a few dolphins jumping out of the water.
Our guides pulled up their crab traps and brought them on board so we could get some hands on experience. We learned the difference between a male and female crab and the crabs that are native to South Carolina. Mateo carefully held up a female stone crab, we heard you don’t want to mess with those claws.
When we finally landed on Capers I felt like I was an explorer discovering an unknown island. This nature preserve displays some of the most untouched beauty I’ve ever seen. Washed up trees scattered like sculptures in the sand.
We found so many perfect conch shells everywhere and they were huge!
There’s nothing like escaping with the family and discovering new places. If you want to get away for the weekend and take it all in, Wild Dunes Resort should be on the top of your list. This island destination curates the best packages for the ultimate coastal experience. I can’t wait to go back and explore more!
Leon Jumper $80 from Mill Street Boutique // Escape bag $99 from The Charleston Weekender // Bailey sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Backcountry // Hari Mari Scouts flip flops $64.95 from Nordstrom // Frances Cabochon stone earrings $495, Zoe necklace $195, charm cuff, engraved bar rings $75 each all by Ash Hoffman Jewelry
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